The Belizean Minister of Agriculture has responded to the leader of the opposition’s criticism the issuing of carrot import permits. The Ministry says that no permits have been issued since last year. Jose Abelardo Mai, Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise:
“The Ministry of Agriculture has not issued a carrot import for more than one year now. In 2021 I think the last import permit was given for carrot and again the Leader of the Opposition does not know agriculture, does not understand agriculture, does not understand the marketing of perishable products like carrots and other vegetables. I can show him all the data, all the records of the permits issued there is no carrot permit and he needs to understand this clearly. There is no carrot permit for more than one year so he’s talking absolute nonsense.”
Mai says that the ministry has been able to significantly reduce the amount of contraband carrots finding themselves on the local market. He further explained that the government has been able to extend the carrot cultivation season.